Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg narrates new animated mental health series as he opens up about his battle with anxiety, OCD and depression
Osher Gunsberg has always been open about his battle with mental health issues.
And now the reality TV host has narrated an eight-part animated series about mental health called Woven Threads: Stories From Within.
Speaking about the series, which was just nominated for an AACTA, the 47-year-old told the Daily Telegraph that he’s thankful to be raising awareness around mental health issues.
Brave: Osher Gunsberg has narrated an eight-part animated series about mental health called Woven Threads: Stories From Within
‘I am just really grateful these stories are getting out there and we are normalising these sorts of things,’ he said.
‘The trick with mental illness is that it’s very hard to describe to somebody else what it actually feels like and the team at Woven Threads did an extraordinary job at visualising the experiences that I was having when I was very sick,’ he added.
In addition to the animated series, Osher has also released his own documentary about Australia’s suicide crisis called Osher Günsberg: A Matter of Life and Death.
The 47-year-old revealed to New Idea in September that seeking help was the key to getting better.
‘Reaching out to another human being was the thing that saved my life,’ he said.
Powerful: The emotional and raw series has been nominated for an AACTA award
Elsewhere, the TV presenter spoke about his upcoming SBS documentary, noting that he hopes to shine a light on the crisis and that help is available.
‘Suicide is a very real and prevalent problem in our community, and I know firsthand what it’s like to experience suicidal ideation,’ he said.
The Bachelor host added that he hopes the doco will encourage conversations between friends, family and colleagues.
‘At the very least, we need to recognise Australia’s suicide crisis, because you cannot fix a problem if you don’t acknowledge it exists,’ he added.
Awareness: In addition to the animated series, Osher has also released his own documentary about Australia’s suicide crisis called Osher Günsberg: A Matter of Life and Death
Earlier this year, Osher appeared on ABC’s You Can’t Ask That where he detailed his dark battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
In the program, the TV presenter revealed he even contemplated suicide at his lowest point.
Osher confessed his life had become ‘a never-ending pit of day drinking, compulsive internet gambling and masturbation’.
He described the thought of suicide as ‘the best idea I’d ever had’, and claimed it was ‘the kindest thing I could have ever done for myself’.
‘I got to a point where I was in so much pain, I would have absolutely done anything…’ he confessed.
Osher, who married make-up artist Audrey Griffin in 2016, said he was 40 when he was diagnosed with OCD, and had already been living with various mental illnesses.
Busy bee: Osher is also busy hosting the latest season of The Bachelorette